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New report: Coastal Atlantic states could power entire region with electricity from offshore wind

A new report shows that Atlantic states could power the entire region with clean renewable wind energy off our coasts. North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland rank 8th, 15th and 17th respectively, among 29 coastal states for their potential to meet 2019 electricity usage with offshore wind according to the new report. 

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Report Shows Offshore Wind Has Potential to Exceed North Carolina’s Energy Needs

Offshore wind power could be the source of North Carolina’s clean energy future. 

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North Carolina Wind Energy Area Auctioned

Today, Avangrid Renewables won an auction held by the U.S. Department of Interior for one of North Carolina Wind Energy Areas.

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We Have the Power

America can address our largest environmental challenges by shifting to 100 percent renewable energy. Renewable energy makes us safer and healthier, protecting our communities from global warming and from hazardous air pollution. Renewable energy reduces the need for dangerous and destructive practices like shipping explosive fuels through our cities, fracking for gas near our water supplies, or razing our mountains to dig up dirty coal. 

An economy powered by 100 percent renewable energy is within our reach. First, we can reduce the total amount of energy we use through improved efficiency, even as our economy continues to grow. Second, we can tap America’s virtually inexhaustible supplies of energy from the wind, the sun, the land and the oceans.

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Turning to the Wind

Wind power continues to grow as a source of clean energy across America. The United States generated 26 times more electricity from wind power in 2014 than it did in 2001. American wind power has already significantly reduced global warming pollution. In 2014 alone, wind-generated electricity averted an estimated 143 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions – as much as would be produced by 37 typical coal-fired power plants. With America’s massive potential for wind energy on land and off our coasts, wind power can play a key role in meeting the emission reduction targets of the recently adopted Clean Power Plan and moving the nation toward a future of 100 percent renewable electricity.

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Report: NC wind could produce enough power to reduce pollution equal to eliminating 44,000 cars

Raleigh, NC – As North Carolina moves forward with its first ever wind farm, a new report from Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center shows that a moderate expansion of wind power over the next few years could eliminate the pollution equal to that produced by 44,000 cars in the state.

The report comes as construction continues on the Amazon Wind project, the first North Carolina wind farm. The farm, being built in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties, will generate power for retail giant Amazon.

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Offshore wind letter of support

To Governor McCrory:

On behalf of the organizations, businesses, and individuals signed below – representing tens of thousands of residents - we urge you to make a strong commitment to capturing the immense wind energy resource off our shores. Climate change poses an urgent threat to coastal and low-lying communities, and North Carolina is no exception. To protect our health, wildlife, and economy – and the quality of life of future generations, we must reduce pollution and launch a new clean energy chapter for America.

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Gov. McCrory urged to ramp up offshore wind power

Raleigh, NC -- More than 60 organizations, businesses and local officials delivered a letter to Gov. McCrory today, urging him to make offshore wind power, which has vast potential in North Carolina a key part of the state’s energy supply.

The letter comes as Gov. McCrory is spending more time promoting offshore drilling than offshore wind, most recently at U.S. House of Representative’s hearing where he criticized the current plan to allow drilling 50 miles off the North Carolina coast as too restrictive.

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More Wind, Less Warming

Wind power is on the rise across America. The United States generates 24 times more electricity from wind power than we did in 2001, providing clean, fossil fuel-free energy that helps the nation do its part in the fight against global warming.

American wind power is already significantly reducing global warming pollution. In 2013 alone, wind power averted 132 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions – as much as would be produced by 34 typical coal-fired power plants. But with the United States and the world needing to move toward a future of 100 percent clean energy in order to prevent the worst impacts of global warming, America must do much more.

If America were to take advantage of just a fraction of its wind energy potential to get 30 percent of its electricity from the wind by 2030, the nation could cut carbon emissions from power plants to 40 percent below 2005 levels. That much wind power would help states meet and exceed the carbon dioxide emission reductions called for by the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft Clean Power Plan, and help the nation meet its commitment to cut U.S. carbon pollution by 26 to 28 percent by 2025.

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